01/07/2004 1:24 PM ET
McGraw's family releases statement
PHILADELPHIA -- The family of Tug McGraw issued a statement on Wednesday, thanking the many fans and former associates who offered condolences after the passing of the popular relief pitcher on Monday.
"We are deeply saddened by Tug's passing, but we are proud to know that his accomplishments on and off the field, his energy, his smile and his zest for life had such a profound effect on so many in such a positive way.
"The outpouring of love and support that Tug received during his illness, from the baseball world and
from all those who loved him, was pure comfort to Tug, who never stopped believing. We will miss him, but we take comfort in knowing that his spirit will never die."
Honoring McGraw's request, the family will hold a private memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 10.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Tug McGraw Foundation, 191 Sheree Blvd., Suite 200, Exton, PA 19341. Proceeds will benefit brain cancer research.
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com